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Joe Biden announces total withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan before 9/11


"I am the fourth American president to govern while American troops are present in Afghanistan," the president said. "I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth (president)." There are about 2,500 soldiers serving in that country and the withdrawal will begin on May 1.

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan before September 11, a symbolic deadline that marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York.

The United States "cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan in the hope of creating the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result," Biden told a news conference at the White House.

"Right now I am the fourth American president to govern while there are American troops present in Afghanistan. Two have been Republicans. Two Democrats," he added. "

I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth (president)."

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"It is time to end America's longest war. It is time for American troops to return home," he said.

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The reduction of troops will begin before May 1, the deadline for the beginning of the withdrawal according to the agreement that the Trump Administration reached with the Taliban.

The Government claims that there are approximately 2,500 soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Biden's decision comes after a three-month study of the political situation in Afghanistan.

A senior Administration official explained that the review determined that any threat to the country's national security is at a level where it can be addressed "without a persistent military footprint and without being at war with the Taliban."

"The withdrawal can be completed long before September 11," according to the official.

The US soldiers remaining in the country would be the ones needed to protect the diplomats, he said.

The United States will maintain military assets in the region to counter terrorist threats and make the Taliban honor their commitments, including to sever ties with Al Qaeda.

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The senior Administration official who briefed reporters on Biden's decision said that any Taliban attacks on US or allied forces while the downsizing is in progress will be "met with a strong response."

Under the agreement with the Taliban that was signed last year, the United States promised to withdraw all troops by May 1 in exchange for the group's agreement to

enter into peace talks with its adversaries in the Afghan government

and a commitment to ensure that the country is not used as the scene of terrorist attacks against the United States or its allies.

The Taliban have said that if the United States does not comply with that agreement, the group has no obligation to maintain its end of the agreement.

Since taking office, Biden has opposed keeping troops in Afghanistan indefinitely, according to senior administration officials, though military officials convinced him to consider an extension of up to six months.

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The president's final decision to withdraw before 9/11 underscores his desire to mark the symbolic anniversary of the attacks by ending a war that has long been believed it should end.

With information from NBC News

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2021-04-14

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